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BEVERLY HILLS, UNITED STATES: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor,(L), holds up a beaded purse removed from a 30-year-old trunk containing possession's from actress Marilyn Monroe 11 April at Planet Hollywood in Beverly Hills, California. The trunk, which contained over two dozen personal effects and momentos, was personally packed by Monroe in 1961 and kept by a close confidante for more than three decades. An Indiana man won the trunk in a contest sponsored by the American Movie Classics cable channel. AFP PHOTO Kim KULISH/ksk AFP (Photo credit should read KIM KULISH/AFP/Getty Images)
Gabor, known for her starring role in the original Moulin Rouge, has been in poor health since July when she broke her hip and, according to her husband, the lesion that caused her infection had become gangrenous.
Though she was reportedly "screaming and yelling" when told by doctors that should would have to miss her traditional New Year's Eve celebration of champagne and caviar due to the procedure, she relented when told that she could possibly die if she held off.
The 93-year-old faces serious complications from the surgery, but she could have a few years added to her life because of it, said her spokesman John Blanchette.
Gabor has famously been married nine times and may be most remembered for an altercation she had with a Beverly Hill policeman in 1989 in which she slapped him for pulling her over.